The Beginning of the Beginning

Sep 7, 2020
A plains field leading to a view of the Colorado Rockies

The Beginning of the Beginning

It should come to no surprise for many of you reading this that I have, once again, relocated to the Denver area.  For those of you that are new to my work, or for those of you joining us for the first time, my work began in Columbus, Ohio in 2007 and 2008 while leading to a relocation at the time to Boulder, in 2009.  Although I had never intended to leave my undergraduate degree incomplete I felt, at the time, that it would be as good a time as any to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder to finish a BFA in screenwriting.

As fate would have it, and as job opportunities during the Great Recession diminished, I was forced back to Ohio due to financial constrains and the reality of not being ready to return to the healing work that John had gifted me.  Now, 11 years later, I have returned to a place where meditation is a centerpiece of my life, and while I can't say where this will lead, it is a necessary next step for me both personally, and professionally and I look forward to what's coming of this unique opportunity.

For those handful of clients that I worked with while in Columbus, I appreciate your presence and support as the Coronavirus has peaked in Franklin County particularly hard, and with an expiring lease, I felt this was the best move to make under the current circumstances.  I hope that everyone in Columbus takes care of themselves while respecting the boundaries of others.  If you are a Columbus resident and are in need of bodywork treatments, I do recommend those fine folks at Inner Connections Wellness Center for all of your therapeutic needs.  I'll always speak highly of the space and fellow bodywork professionals that call it home.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

I'm also in the preliminary stages of attending acupuncture school, and while this isn't my main priority, it is in consideration for the upcoming year.  With the elections upon us, and the prospect of a new president and vice president becoming more real with each new day, I feel that this is the right time to continue learning the John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach, and Visionary Craniosacral Work®, while energetically and intellectually preparing for more intensive studies.  In the time that I have left Columbus, and returned, the lone acupuncture school now requires a bachelor's degree to attend their curriculum.  If this had not been the case then I would have more seriously considered calling Columbus home, once again.

An Awakened Community of Healers

It's no secret that I intend to create my own web-based platform, and one that is specifically designed to meet the needs of the alternative medicine practitioner, and the communities they serve.  It's time to return to a space where the healer resides in the center of a circle, and it's long overdue for the communities they serve to have a place where healing, music, and public ceremonies can come together.  We all carry medicine, we all carry those traits of becoming compassionate human beings that are able to manifest their heart's desire.  In this case, we'll be working together to create a place on the web where those of like mind can connect online, and in real life, to give and receive the highest caliber alternative healing services; from both licensed and unlicensed practitioner of all sorts.

YouTube and Good Hawk Online

As many of you have guessed, I'm in the process of creating my own YouTube channel and one of the debates thus far has been on its content.  While I would love to dive into the storytelling aspect of Pahana, and the reality of the changes that our world has seen in the last ten years, I'm not sure if it's a topic that I would tackle myself.  I have considered creating a bodywork-specific channel regarding these topics, although from how I see it now, that would mostly cover the basics of human anatomy, kinesiology, and body mechanics and how these factors produce musculoskeletal pain in your body.  It's unfortunate that massage therapy is many times quickly disregarded as an appropriate solution for myofascial pain and dysfunction, when it's well-documented that receiving therapeutic bodywork is quite beneficial for those of you that are receiving treatments for pain and stress management.

All of this ties into the need of working with an editor that'll help me polish the style, content, and topics of the fledgling and its subsequent stories that are sure to follow.  There are at least two books that I see, and while I would have liked for the Hollywood types to have come along first, I can't wait any longer and feel the need to grow as a person has outweighed the need for any potential celebrity endorsement.  It was never my goal to build these relationships that are based on fame alone, it's just that Hollywood is where they were once coming from.  I've never seen so many fragile egos as I have with some of the Hollywood elite and while I will never marginalize the entirety of those that I work with, there are some scared boys that think they're running the show.  Fear of the unknown can't be your motivator, can it?

I'm officially putting it out there and consciously seeking an editor of like mind to help me refine, and craft, the visual and literary storytelling process.  I was once connected with a ghostwriter that has experience in such things and is a former staff member at Sounds True, the Louisville, CO publishing house that specializes in these sorts of things.  I'm not sure whatever happened to her, although I trust that we're all in the right place, and sense that she's still listening, while I continue to plug away at my improved grammar, style, and syntax.  The story is actually about Paw, and his Lost Son, the Shepherd; and since we're close to the mountains, we're going to go find him.  We'll have to go back to Lillith, too.  For what I've learned with her, has in part brought me here.

In closing, I'd like to thank those of you that know me well enough to know where I'm coming from, and I'd like to thank those of you that don't know me well enough for listening all the way until the end.  I'd like to thank the countless dharma brothers, sisters, teachers and spirits that have brought us together like a fine quilted rug and I offer a bow of gratitude to those at Great Mountain Zen Center, Zen Mountain Monastery, The Circle of the Way at Upaya Zen Center, White Plum Asanga, Zenko International and Ligmincha International, among others.  Thank you all for listening and being such great human beings.

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